Film editors expertly assemble the footage shot over a period of weeks or months — along with computer-generated images — to create the final film. Working with the director to select from different takes of the same scene, an editor may be challenged to keep a cigarette in view longer or avoid showing it altogether. Who decides? Editors in these rankings have worked on at least two top-grossing films since 2002.

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editors | The more smoking, the higher the score
1Patrick J. Don Vito921111
2John Ottman513110
3Michael Kahn277220
Sarah Broshar277220
4Keith Fraase150110
5Sean Albertson133110
6Erik Jessen83110
Dean Zimmerman83210
7Pamela Martin70110
8Jeremiah O'Driscoll69110
9Tom Cross55110
10Matt Villa32110
11Blu Murray28110
12John Gilbert20110
13Jonathan Tappin18110
Christian Gazal18110
14Alan Baumgarten17110
Maryann Brandon17210
15Lisa Zeno Churgin15110
Juliette Welfling15110
16Nicholas D. Johnson14110
Will Merrick14110
17Harry Jierjian13110
18Edward Bursch8110
Ralph Foster8110
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